Chad Simmons - scout

Former Georgia safety is back in the talent pool with an eye on December graduation and a new start.

Coaching changes are tough on all involved in the world of college football. Faced with the realities of a new staff in Athens, Georgia, safety Johnathan Abram elected to leave the Georgia Bulldogs' football program. Now enrolled at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi, Abram is considering his next move.

"I just felt like I wanted a fresh start," Abram said of leaving Georgia. "I had do what I thought was best for me."

Following a true freshmen season at Georgia, which included four starts and 25 tackles, Abram proved himself as a college football player. There was some hope that Abram would be able to enroll at a four year school this summer in hopes of playing this fall, but those plans have changed.

"I am going to be playing at JCJC this season and then I am going to my new school in January," Abram said. "I want to be able to be there for spring practice, so I can get comfortable with everything and learn the new system. I want to be ready to play."

Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M among others have talked offer with the talented safety. Former position coach at Georgia Jeremy Pruitt is now at Alabama, several coaches from the Georgia staff are now at Miami and Abram has some close friends on the roster at Mississippi State.

"It is good to know people no matter where you go, but I am not going to make a decision just based off of that," Abram said. "I want to find the best school and program for me. If I end up going somewhere that I know people that's good too, but I have to do what is best for me."

Mississippi State Bulldog sophomore safety Jamal Peters, a high school rival of Abram's, reached out to the Columbia, Mississippi native to aid in the Bulldogs' recruiting efforts.

"Jamal called me today," Abram said. "I talked to them up there a lot and he was telling me that Mississippi State is home and that I need to come up there with them. They want me up there. I might go up there this weekend for their spring game. 

"I have a few options for this weekend. Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee have all invited me to come and visit this weekend. I am just not sure yet where I am going to go."

Abram reports that he does not want to drag the recruiting process out, but that he wants to take the time to be sure about what his options truly are.

"I am going to be looking at the depth charts and the kind of defense everybody plays this season," Abram said. "I just need to find the place where I fit in and where I would be the most comfortable. I have some good offers and I want to be be sure that I know what all of the schools have to offer."

There has not been a firm time frame for a decision, but Abram reports that his primary focus this spring is JCJC football. The East Marion High School star wants to commit completely to the Bobcat program in hopes of having a great season this year.

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